This is a 37 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on World War II - Pacific Theater - Island Hopping. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
Building on their success at Guadalcanal, Allied leaders began advancing from island to island as they sought to close on Japan. This strategy of island hopping allowed them to bypass Japanese strong points, while securing bases across the Pacific. Moving from the Gilberts and Marshalls to the Marianas, US forces acquired airbases from which they could bomb Japan.
In late 1944, Allied troops under General Douglas MacArthur returned to the Philippines and Japanese naval forces were decisively defeated at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Following the capture of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, the Allies opted to drop the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki rather than attempt an invasion of Japan.
In mid-1943, the Allied command in the Pacific began Operation Cartwheel which was designed to isolate the Japanese base at Rabaul on New Britain. The key elements of Cartwheel involved Allied forces under General Douglas MacArthur pushing across northeastern New Guinea, while naval forces secured the Solomon Islands to the east.
Rather than engage sizable Japanese garrisons, these operations were designed to cut them off and let them "whither on the vine." This approach of bypassing Japanese strong points, known as "island hopping,” was applied on a large scale as the Allies devised their strategy for moving across the central Pacific.
The presentation covers the following:
Planning for the End
Strategy for Winning
Gilberts & Marshalls: Tarawa (2)
Gilberts & Marshalls: Kwajalein
Gilberts & Marshalls: Truk Atoll & Entiwetok
The Marianas: Saipan, Guam, and Tinian
The Marianas: Battle of Saipan
Battle of Saipan: Suicides
The Marianas: Guam & Tinian
Competing Strategies for Victory
The Philippines: Battle of Peleliu
The Philippines: Landing on Leyte Gulf
The Philippines: Battle of Leyte Gulf (2)
The Philippines: Battle of Cape Engano
Kurita Breaks Off
MacArthur’s Return to the Philippines (2)
Battle of Iwo Jima
Iwo Jima is Secured
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
Battle of Okinawa
Okinawa is Secured
Planning the End of the War
The Atomic Bombs Dropped
End of Presentation
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